Squash City proud of achievement

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Last updated 05:00 01/07/2014
ON COURT ACTION: Australia’s Rex Hedrick, right, lines up a shot while playing in the final of the New Zealand Southern Open against eventual winner and New Zealand No 1 seed Martin Knight. The tournament was held in Invercargill.
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ON COURT ACTION: Australia’s Rex Hedrick, right, lines up a shot while playing in the final of the New Zealand Southern Open against eventual winner and New Zealand No 1 seed Martin Knight. The tournament was held in Invercargill.

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The Squash City club continues to put its name forward as one of Southland sports shining lights with the club getting a big tick in regards to their hosting of the New Zealand Southern Open last week.

Squash City is certainly a club on the rise.

It started with a $140,000 development to its complex on Onslow Street and has continued to be in the position where it can now attract some high profile players on the world stage to Invercargill to play.

The club has committed to hosting the tournament for a further two years and organiser Simon Flett said yesterday that last week’s action confirmed it had made the right decision to commit itself for three years.

‘‘It was awesome, it was a great week,’’ Flett said. ‘‘Once the tournament started the whole week flowed really. It is pretty good for us to view that type of level of sport.’’

The Squash City initiative was backed by the Invercargill Licensing Trust and Community Trust of Southland who stumped up with $5000 each to help with the $15,000 prize pool.

Flett acknowledged putting the tournament together was a massive undertaking by their club but felt the hard work had simply made the already committed members a tighter group.

‘‘We’ve got about 16 members on our committee and we’ve got a few more just for our PSA committee. But we would have had easily another 20 or 30 people helping when you count billets, to the van drivers, to bar staff, to those helping with the food and all that sort of thing,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it definitely brings the club together. You can see at the end of it they all got a buzz out of it when it was over and they were looking at what they had achieved.’’

Flett said the feedback from the international visitors was positive.

‘‘It was just good old southern hospitality for them. They couldn’t believe it, one guy told us yesterday they were lucky to get picked up from the airport when they go to some places  .th.th.  where we have looked after them for the whole week.’’

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- The Southland Times

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